Looking at the Ladder, Idea in Hand

There have been some great responses to my post yesterday about alternate career paths and paying one’s dues. T. Scott has perhaps my favorite so far. His perspective as a manager makes this conversation very rich.

The best section of his post outlines things people can do now to create change or foster patience while you work towards it.

Identify the people in the organization who have the power to change things, and figure out why the change that you think is necessary is going to help them solve one of their problems.

He is right. Here is my current project to create change from the bottom. I am going to build a pilot Learning 2.0 Project at MPOW. I was hesitant to do this before because I did not think I would get the kind of monetary support I believe is needed to offer good incentives. However, one of my colleagues provided me with the way to get the money and soon I will be building a learning portal. I have to prove that technology training is integral to moving this library out of the Dark Ages. This might be my first step.

I am a believer in coming up with solutions to the issues. (though sometimes a good gripe fest has its uses)

–Jane, today coffee has made all things shiny

One thought on “Looking at the Ladder, Idea in Hand

  • May 4, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    At MPOW, the people most familiar and excited about my career goals are the people I don’t work with directly. I would go so far as to say that almost everyone except those closest to me on the organizational chart are completely in my corner. Even (and especially) the director and associate directors. (You can probably identify with whom I am most comfortable discussing my career.) And I’m easily one of the lowest employees on the totem pole. I’m not in a position where I can matter through my regular work, but I am OK with that. (I’m not homeless, either.)

    I’m not even supposed to care about doing things like, oh, I don’t know, knowing the names and roles of every employee of a library whose staff totals about 70? We’ve had quite a bit of turnover over the past two years (with more coming, unfortunately for us), especially with our professional staff. I have made it a point to get to know our newest librarians. It’s gotten to the point where they know more about me than I have told them (and, sometimes, more positive things than are true). The “people who matter” talk about me.

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